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Still too many COVID-19 cases in county for schools to reopen

Stanislaus County still has some progress to go before getting off the state's county monitoring list and begin re-opening businesses and schools.

Per the California Department of Public Health guidance, businesses like eateries cannot open for in-dining and schools cannot open for in-person education until the 14-day case rate has dropped below 100 per 100,000 and stays there for 14 days. Current state guidance allows local public health to begin considering elementary school opening through a waiver process when the 14-day case rate is below 200 per 100,000.

"This is based on data showing that elementary school children are less likely to become infected, less likely to become extremely sick, and less likely to spread this infection," said Stanislaus County Public Health Officer Dr. Julie Vaishampayan in a community message. "COVID-19 moves amazingly fast. Two months ago, we started seeing an increase in our cases. One month ago, our cases peaked. One month from now, we hope to be seeing even lower case rates. Based on current trend, we may drop below 200 cases per 100,000 in the next week."

Stanislaus County has a case rate of 236 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. The testing positivity rate for seven days is at 14 percent.

"As our county continues to monitor all indicators, it is crucial everyone in our community protect themselves and those around them from COVID-19," said county public health educator Bobby Moser in a weekly briefing.

As of Tuesday, Stanislaus County has recorded 13,521 COVID-19 cases, with 563 presumed active. The county has recorded a total of 237 deaths.

Of the 563 active cases, 199 are currently hospitalized and of those 49 are in ICU. The total number of hospital beds available is at 36 percent and the number of ICU beds available is at 3.6 percent.